Ernie is Vice President at ForgePoint Capital and has deep operating experience from across the public and private sectors. Most recently Ernie served as the Chief Operating Officer of a government “startup” called the Defense Innovation Unit, headquartered in Silicon Valley. In this role, he was responsible for executing the organization’s strategy in an effort to rapidly identify and acquire cutting edge commercial technologies to solve national security challenges. Prior to the Defense Innovation Unit, Ernie served as the Director of the U.S. Cyber Command Point of Partnership. In this capacity he built and led engagement strategies focused-on relationship building with key entrepreneurs, startups, and venture capitalists within cybersecurity. Ernie’s private sector experience includes roles in management consulting and a technology startup. Ernie has an MBA with a specialization in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, NYU and a B.S. in cell & molecular biology from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.